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rank as (something)

1. To be considered as having particular rank, designation, or characterization. The company still ranks as one of the most profitable businesses in the world. Some of it has become pretty clichéd by today's standards, but I'd say it still ranks as a fantastic horror movie in its own right.
2. To consider someone or something to have a particular rank, designation, or characterization. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "rank" and "as." I'd have to rank that as one of the most thrilling experiences of my life. I still rank Tom as a great writer, even if his last book was a little underwhelming.
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rank someone or something as something

to assign a particular rank to someone or something. I have to rank Sally as number one. She's the best. Mary ranked the chocolate as the best she had ever eaten.
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rank as something

to have a particular rank; to serve in a particular rank. She ranks as a fine pianist in my book. Don ranks as the top economist of the day.
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References in classic literature ?
Supposing B and C to be two species, and a third, A, to be found in an underlying bed; even if A were strictly intermediate between B and C, it would simply be ranked as a third and distinct species, unless at the same time it could be most closely connected with either one or both forms by intermediate varieties.
Moreover, if we look to rather wider intervals, namely, to distinct but consecutive stages of the same great formation, we find that the embedded fossils, though almost universally ranked as specifically different, yet are far more closely allied to each other than are the species found in more widely separated formations; but to this subject I shall have to return in the following chapter.
When such varieties returned to their ancient homes, as they would differ from their former state, in a nearly uniform, though perhaps extremely slight degree, they would, according to the principles followed by many palaeontologists, be ranked as new and distinct species.
We ought only to look for a few links, some more closely, some more distantly related to each other; and these links, let them be ever so close, if found in different stages of the same formation, would, by most palaeontologists, be ranked as distinct species.
Washington, D.C., ranked as the top retail market in the nation for the second consecutive year due to its compelling demographics and reliable economic engine fueled by the public sector.
Surprisingly, negotiating and administrative skills were ranked as considerably less important.
As indicated in Table 5 in Appendix II, technical skills are ranked as the most important except by those eight firms with assets in the range of $10 to $20 billion.
Analytical skill, however, was ranked as much more important and administrative skill much less important by CEOs with a law background as compared with the skill rankings by CEOs with various other backgrounds.
Surprisingly, the senior tax person's knowledge of tax law is also ranked as the most important area of knowledge for the larger firms and those firms with the larger tax staffs.